"I didn’t ask for illness but I own it, because if I don’t, no one else will. And taking ownership has empowered me to believe that things can change."
Salt In My Soul is a beautifully written book about not taking life for granted, trying to live in the moment, trying to believe that life will be better. Mallory's journey with CF is heartbreak and beautiful all at the same time. The book is a reminded to be grateful each and every day.
“You cannot bubble wrap and protect your heart from life, and why should you? It is meant to be used, and sometimes broken. Use it up, wear it out, leave nothing left undone or unsaid to the people you love. Let it get banged up and busted if it needs to. That’s what your heart is there for.”
Get ready for a gut punch in No Happy Endings. Nora has a way of kicking you in the butt and yet supporting you when you need it. She is there to tell you that life is going to be okay and "Never should yourself." It is the kick in the ass you never knew you needed.
“You should always be prepared to defend your choices, whether just to yourself (sometimes this is the hardest) or to your coworkers, your friends, or your family. The quickest way for people to lose confidence in your ability to ever make a decision is for you to pass the buck, shrug your shoulders, or otherwise wuss out. Learning how to become a decision maker, and how you ultimately justify your choices, can define who you are.”
Who Thought This Was A Good Idea speaks to me in ways I don't fully understand. When I feel like I don't have my life together I can turn to this book and know that eventually, it will all work out.
“What the hell are we doing? And was it always this bad? Was the world always on fire and I hadn’t been looking up?”
I could not put this book down. It was one of the first books I read in 2019 and one of the best too. I mean she got to work in the White House after responding to a CL add, and yet her personal life is sort of a cluster. Maybe I liked this book so much because in that aspect it was 100% relatable.